I wasn't planning on visiting the Fond du Lac Antique Mall but they're right next door to the Gallery & Frame Shop and I had some time to kill. What a fortuitous visit!
I got all sorts of wonderful old teachers' edition textbooks from the Forties with MARVELOUS illustrations that I know I'll be using in my work - some of the books were only a BUCK (love that)!
But then, as I was perusing another shelf, I saw a nondescript folder that looked to have quite a bit of stuff in it. I took it out and....
(Cue choir of Ephmera Angels singing)
I knew I had hit the mother lode.
Yes, ALL of these books (including TWO copies of the "Alexander Graham Bell" booklet) were included in the folder and I got the entire set for....$7.50. :D WOO HOO!!!
My guess is that someone worked at the telephone company and this was their introductory packet. Either that, or Wisconsin Bell (as it came to be known until 1982) handed out these marvelous folders to everyone who had the phone connected in their home - maybe even as a "new home" welcome pack? Either way, how cool is it that someone had the wherewithal to keep the folder and its contents intact?!
Oh boy. See, this is the type of ephemera that teeters on the line between using and collecting....I mean, it's so complete! If it were one of the booklets, no problem! But the whole set?! I'll have to snoop around and see how rare that is. The illustrations are marvelous and I have an idea in mind - so tell me: what do YOU think? Should I use them? Should I not? I'd love your input!
UPDATE: I did indeed use one of the booklets - The Magic of Communication fell at the hands of my X-Acto knife. :D Here's the piece I created:
The operator is what I cut out of the book; but I created a stitched "triptych" using a schematic from the book, too! It's one of my favorite pieces I've ever done. :D